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silbchris’s Travel Diary

Thursday, 06 Jun 2019

MapWhen most tourists consider visiting the South of England, the first place which nearly always comes to mind is London. Although London is a dynamic, vibrant city, there are lots of other great towns and cities nearby that are also really worth a visit. Here we have put together a guide to some of the best places to explore when making your way across Southern England.

Exploring the Capital

When you first arrive in England, the first place you will most likely visit is the capital, London. London is a big city so if you want to make your way around quickly, the underground train in your best bet. The underground lets you use you debit card as a pass, charging you as you go through the barrier. However, if you want to be more organised then there are also some affordable day-pass options for zone 1 and 2 – the centre of the city. If you are limited on time, one of the best areas to visit is Westminster which sits on the embankment of the Thames. Here you will be able to see Big Ben, the London Eye, Downing Street – home of the prime minister, Westminster Abbey and Trafalgar Square, which are all in close proximity of one another.

Visiting Brighton

Brighton is a popular seaside resort on the south coast of England. Brighton is a compact city, especially when you compare it to London, so is relatively easy to explore on foot. Due to the fact it’s a seaside town, Brighton has a lot of great seafood restaurants to choose from. If you are lucky to have good weather on your side, then the first place to visit is the beach and the famous Brighton Palace Pier. Another great place to explore in Brighton is the Royal Pavilion, an incredible seaside palace and Grade I listed building.

Exploring Portsmouth

Portsmouth, the vibrant port city often nicknamed Pompey, is rich in history and culture due to its varied maritime past. The city is also the birthplace of eminent writer Charles Dickens and was once called home by Arthur Conan Doyle and Rudyard Kipling. A day in Portsmouth should be spent at Gunwharf Quays where you will find a huge number of great shops and boutiques as well as restaurants and cafes. Nearby is the Emirate Spinnaker Tower, shaped like a sail, and stands 170 metres tall, making it taller than Big Ben and the London Eye. Visitors can climb the tower and enjoy the stunning views out over the city and beyond. After a long day of sightseeing in Portsmouth, why not then head over to one of the city’s stylish yet affordable hotels to unwind and get something to eat?

Bournemouth

Moving farther along the coast is the resort town of Bournemouth. Although the UK isn’t known for its good weather, Bournemouth has a its own warmer micro climate, making it more likely you can spend time enjoying the outdoors in summer. The beach is a great place to go on a sunny day, with classic seaside town activities nearby like amusement arcades, crazy golf and even an oceanarium. Bournemouth also has a massive 2,000 acres of parks and green spaces, making it perfect for a game of golf or a walk with the family.